26 Haverhill Street

Historical Narrative: 

This home was owned by John Smith and used as a family tenement for employees of the Smith & Dove manufacturing company. The house was originally built on the north side of Haverhill Street at #18, near current site of the Kaye House at 22-24 Haverhill St.

The house when at 18 Haverhill St. was part of the Mills parcel sold by the Smith & Dove Co. to the Robert Brailsford of Boston, in 1902. The General Degreasing Co. purchased the mills and began operations in Frye Village. The company had financial problems and the mortgage was sold to James E. McGovern in 1909. William M. Wood purchased the house and small lot from McGovern on July 14, 1909 and later moved it to the current location.

This land however at 26 Haverhill St. was the site of the Kaye house which sat back about 100 feet off Haverhill St. up on what is now York St. With the death of John Smith his two surviving children, Joseph Warren Smith & Helen C. Coburn, inherit the estate. Coburn then sells her share to Fannie S. Smith, wife of Joseph W. Smith.

Fannie sold the property to Walter A. Kaye on July 7, 1907. Walter worked at Washington Mills in Lawrence. Walter & Mary had a daughter Dorothy. After Walter's death his estate was probated on Mar. 16, 1916 and Mary A. Kaye sold the property to Henry P. Binney, trustee for the American Woolen Co. on Mar. 25, 1916. All the Binney holdings were then transferred to the American Woolen Company on Dec. 30, 1920.

This home was saved and became part of the Shawsheen Village development 1918 – 1924 by William M. Wood, President of the American Woolen Company. Wood hired about eight different architects to design the homes and structures for the village. Homes were sold or rented through the Homestead Association who had offices in the Post Office building on the corner of North Main & Poor Streets.

This house was moved east to the current site at the corner of York St. It is believed that the former driveway to the Kaye house was just east of York St. north of Haverhill now within the Brickstone parking area. A Mrs. M. Ross once occupied this home when at its original location as did an M. Wood. The 1922 Shawsheen Village map marks this home as the Old M. Wood house, indicating it was moved from another site.

After the death of William M. Wood on Feb. 2, 1926 most of the residential and commercial buildings were then sold. Some were held by the Wood family in the "Arden Trust" and others with the American Woolen Company, which had been deeded the property in December 1920. The A.W.Co. Board of Directors authorized its then President, Lionel J. Noah, to deliver all deeds, as deemed necessary to the Textile Realty Co. for sale on Dec. 29, 1931.

The Textile Realty then transferred ownership to the Andover Shawsheen Realty Company on June 30, 1932, holding the mortgage on the properties. T. Edwin Andrew, treasurer, was authorized to sell or rent the properties. With the Great Depression sales were sluggish and many homes were rented until the economy rebounded.

The first occupants of record to lease the home in 1926 were Clarence W. & Addie E. Coolidge. Clarence was a superintendent of a mill in Lawrence. They had two daughters, Irma I. a stenographer and Doris E. a clerk in the A. W. Co.

This house was sold to Alfred & Sophie Hahnenstein on Jan. 4, 1946 and then sold to Pietro & Antonia Grigola on Apr. 9, 1951.

Bibliography/References: 

Essex County Registry Deeds, Salem, MA
Essex Northern Registry Deeds, Lawrence, MA
Andover Maps, 1852, 1872, 1888, 1906, 1926
Andover Street Directories
Mills, Mergers and Mansions, by Edward Roddy 1982
See Map plan #704 - American Woolen Company - Sept. 1927
#880 - June 1932 - Textile Realty Company - lot 16
See ZBA - b.7008 p. 347 - ZBA - b. 7528 p. 259

Owners; of 26 Haverhill St. property;
John Smith estate - died Feb. 25, 1886
Joseph W. Smith & Helen G. Coburn -
Fannie S. Smith - Sept. 23, 1891 - b. 115 p. 77
Walter A. Kaye - July 7, 1907 - b. 250 p. 315
Walter A. Kaye estate, Mary A. Kaye, Admis. - Mar. 16, 1916 - Probate
Henry P. Binney - Mar. 25, 1916 - b. 362 p.171
American Woolen Company - Dec. 30, 1920 - b. 435 p. 215
Textile Realty Company - Dec. 30, 1931 - b. 563 p. 353 - parcel 32nd - lots 15-30
Andover Shawsheen Realty Co. - June. 30, 1932 - b. 565 p. 87 (p.96)
Alfred & Sophie Hahnenstein - Jan. 4, 1946 - b. 680 p. 480
Pietro Grigola - Apr. 9, 1951
Pietro Grigola estate, Antonia Grigole -heir - Probate
Donald M. & Delia H. Strobel - Sept. 19, 1969 - b. 1140 p. 229
James & Barbara A. Eisenhaure - Apr. 25, 1973 - b. 1217 p. 24
James Eisenhaure Jr. - May 21, 1975 - b. 1260 p. 203
Pioneer Financial - Sept. 1, 1987 - b. 2583 p. 269 mtg.
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co. - Nov. 3, 1993 - b. 3883 p. 162
Edward C. Andruss - Jan. 24, 1994 - b. 4004 p. 119
John S. & Lisa M. (Alexander) Donahue, Jr. - Sept. 25, 1995 - b. 4345 p. 283
John S. Donahue, Jr. - Mar. 17, 1998 - b. 5093 p. 18
Jeffrey A. Whitman - Oct. 1, 2002 - b. 7132 p. 254
Jeffrey A. & Lynnette A. Whitman - Dec. 12, 2005 p. 9944 p. 117
26 Haverhill Condominium - Nov. 15, 2007 - b. 10973 p. 202

Owners of the house when at 18 Haverhill St.;
Robert Brailsford - July 21, 1902 - b. 197 p. 35
Beacon Trust Co. Dec. 23, 1904 - b. 217 p 80 - indenture
General Degreasing Co., Daniel C.. Smith Tr - March 28, 1909 - b. 258 p. 446 & 450
Arlington National Bank - June 16, 1909 - b. 274 p. 565 - foreclosure
James E. McGovern - July 17, 1909 - b. 275 p. 400
William M. Wood - July 14, 1909 - b. 276 p. 257 - portion of above

Inventory Data:

StreetHaverhill St
PlaceShawsheen Village - Frye Village
Historic DistrictShawsheen Village NRH District
Historic NameM. Wood - Ross House
Present Useresidences - 2 family condo
Original Useresidence
Construction Date1870
SourceERDS, ENRDL, AHS file, njs, style
Foundationstone
Wall/Trimclapboard/wood
Roofasphalt - gable
Major AlterationsCondominium conversion 2007
Conditionexcellent
Moved?Yes
Move Details1922 - 1923
Acreage0.11433
Settingresidential/commerical
Map and parcel35-10
Recorded byStack/Mofford, James Batchelder
OrganizationAndover Preservation Commission
Date entered1975 - 1977, 7/6/2015

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